Sharma fires course record but still trails leader Grillo in India

Sharma fires course record but still trails leader Grillo in India

Emiliano Grillo leads the Hero Indian Open by four shots at the halfway stage while local star Shubhankar Sharma gives chase.

So stunning was Shubhankar's display, which also created the new course record that he himself was pleasantly surprised and was candid enough to admit it.

Indian golfers have won 12 of the last 26 renewals and I fancy that could soon be 13 from 27.

At seven-under 137, the 21-year-old was four strokes behind Emiliano Grillo of Argentina who carded a 68.

"I met Ernie after that in Abu Dhabi recently and I told him about the story and he was really happy that I have progressed so well", Sharma added.

"I think the courtesy auto made a world record from the hotel to the golf course in a couple of minutes, a ride that can take 10 or 15 minutes - it was really wild". Closing birdies on the 17th and 18th were certainly the cherries on the cake as the European and Asian Tours leader left the table with a course record 8-under 64 at the DLF G&CC.

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I knew about the course record so I went from it. Five-over after his first nine holes on Thursday, Sharma salvaged his first round to end at 1-over.

Two titles on the European Tour and his exploits in Mexico had filled him with so much confidence that Sharma chose to go for the 18th green with his second shot.

Shubhankar Sharma shot an 8-under 64 and is in second place. He looks like the real deal to me and all of a sudden there's a reason to get up early and watch the third round. That man Campbell again, at the Deutsche Bank-SAP Open in 2001, Ian Poulter at the Turkish Open four years ago and Sam Torrance at the 1996 European Masters.

Joshi said: "To go bogey-free on this course is extremely pleasing. I had about 168 yards to the hole and it landed like a feather just about a foot from the pin". "When I practiced on Tuesday and played the pro-am on Wednesday, I was telling myself that I'll be in a good position if I can just shoot under par every day". I've done well over the past two days and I can't ask for more. After hitting 10 balls on the range, I told my caddie that I had to stop because I was nervous.

"There still is a lot to be done if you see golf at an global level". I'm going to wait and see what today brings but I have had a small top-up on Henrik Stenson at [100.0].

Pablo Larrazabal carded one-under to lie tied third alongwith English golfer Andrew Johnston, who blasted six under 66 today for a total of 138.